Mammoth Lakes is an outdoor lover’s dream destination practically any time of the year. When it gets colder, there’s Mammoth Mountain and the many things to do in town—shop, dine, and check out local happenings. In May, Mammoth Lakes is even more appealing because this is when there are more activity possibilities for your consideration. Below, find out what to expect at Mammoth Lakes in May, brought to you by the friendly folks at ASO Mammoth, your year-round one-stop shop for everything from fishing gear to mountain biking equipment and Mammoth snowboard rentals.
Expect Less Rain, but Dress in Layers
May is typically a dryer month in Mammoth Lakes, so you’re not as likely to run into a lot of rain during your visit. Days are warmer but still on the cool side, with the average daytime temperatures in the 60s. However, bring a blanket and/or some warmer clothes if you’ll be doing anything outdoors in the evening, as overnight temperatures can still dip below freezing. We recommend dressing in layers to be on the safe side, since there’s a mix of warm and chilly days here in May.
Biking & Hiking Trails Are Accessible
Most of the biking and hiking trails throughout the Mammoth Lakes area are accessible in May. Still, as we mentioned above, dress warmly if you bike and hike here in May. The Mammoth Lakes Trail System is ideal if you’re looking for a convenient way to get in some casual springtime biking fun. The Lakes Basin Path is good for cyclists preferring to check out the spring views while leisurely riding. With hiking, many of the trails include blooming flowers and other natural sights.
Fishing Season Is Up & Running Again
Mono County, where Mammoth Lakes is located, kicks off the annual fishing season at the end of April. If you’re an angler, May is a great time to take a weekend fishing trip to Mammoth Lakes. The four lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin—Lake George, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, and Lake Mamie—are fully stocked by this time, mostly with trout. You can also rent boats locally and get most of the other gear and accessories you need for fishing once you get here.
Many Other Outdoor Activities Can Be Enjoyed
If you’re hoping to immerse yourself in outdoor activities in May, Mammoth Lakes offers many other to-do list possibilities, including camping. Granted, it may still be a bit too chilly in May for overnight camping in the area, but you can certainly do some camping during the day or bring an RV if you’ll be driving. Other outdoor activity options in the Mammoth Lakes area during May include:
• Mountain climbing
• Sightseeing at Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, Inyo Craters, and other places accessible from Mammoth Lakes
• Visiting Mammoth Mountain for part of your stay if you still want a chance to ski or snowboard
Make sure to see what local and community events are planned for May as well if you’re on the hunt for even more things to do here during this month. You’re also welcome to plan a Memorial Day weekend visit to Mammoth Lakes in late May to enjoy the kickoff of the summer season!
No matter what time of year you visit the Mammoth area, you’re sure to find plenty of fun, relaxing ways to enjoy your stay. Whether they need fishing gear, mountain biking equipment, or high-quality ski rentals, Mammoth visitors can find everything they need at ASO Mammoth. Drop by our store on your way to the lakes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.